Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes. Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein. The idea that anyone would even consider denying the existence of the Holocaust, after viewing images such as these, is hard to fathom. These images are not faked, nor were they rare. In camp after camp across Nazi occupied Europe, scenes such as these were commonplace, and atrocity the norm. Woe unto anyone who should attempt to justify or minimize these scenes or defend the vile regime that perpetrated them.
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The description below comes from another archival source but is authentic to this print:
Opening credits: "An AF Film Release" (Actualites Francais Films); "Sterling Films" ; "Camps of the Dead / They need no explanation, no titles. Just look and be glad you live in America."
"Langestein [sic]" Langenstein: Corpses in open area, pits, doctors and other civilians, exhumation, lining bodies on soil.
"Ohrdrus [sic]" Ohrdruf: Corpses, pits, VAR CUs. Two male survivors.
"Dachau" Soldiers at gate with eagle. CU sign, "Zentral Bauleitung der Waffen SS U. Polizei Muenchen Dachau" US soldiers. Removing corpses from lake. Barbed wire, barracks, survivors at hospital, CU tattoo, wounds. Female survivor walking towards camera, helped by two soldiers. VAR shots, pile of corpses. Crematoria. Men passing water buckets, pulling decomposed body parts from water. CUs skulls.
"Buchenwald" Clock tower, soldiers giving a tour of Buchenwald. Survivors in striped uniforms, cooking, CUs of their faces. INT barracks, CUs group of male survivors looking at camera. Showing crematoria ovens with a pile of bones inside. Demonstrating torture mechanisms. Civilians interview survivor. MS pile of bones. Corpses in pits. MS, civilians, taking notes, responding to atrocities. CUs bodies and skulls. LS, tattooed skin laid out on a table, some with ink drawings - man with hat, woman with hat -, lampshade, shrunken heads mounted on wooden bases.
Gardelegen Pile of bodies in doorway. Footage, some still photographs of various atrocities and massacres. CUs skulls. "The End / A Sterling Film
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